Monthly archives of “July 2006

Someone Insure Me

So, the fun begins with insurance companies. I have written to a number already, here is a compilation of responses so far:

From (I thought it was amusing my boat wasn’t worth enough to insure… I thought that would have been a good thing! Nay.)

Thank you for submitting your online enquiry.

Having regard to the age and relatively low value of your vessel together with intended cruising plans we regret to advise that Underwriters have declined to offer terms.

We are grateful for your interest in Admiral and are sorry that we are unable to assist you on this occasion.


Many thanks for your email.

Unfortunately, Underwriters will not cover this size vessel for the cruising areas that you have requested, even Third Party Liability only.


Many thanks for your yacht insurance application.
I regret to advise that due to the vessel and the extensive cruising in
which you will be partaking, our underwriters are not currently in a
position to offer terms. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and I do hope we may be able to help you in the future. Many thanks and kind regards,

Fun, positive and hilllaaarious post next, I promise (to maintain self esteem!)

Soldier on.


Crew Members

While these people don’t actually get to come along (I’m going solo remember), they will be in my head along the way, having put up with me in general, my questions, ‘idea poking’ and my incessant annoyance!

Celeste For putting up with me, plain and simply!
Duane Rodgers For actually thinking I can do this – And the rest 🙂
Martin Gleeson For listening to me all the time, and for being a fair ‘dinkum business partner!
Daryl Cook For being my personal blog consultant, and also for listening and making numerous suggestions along the way
Craig Widdon For giving intelligent advice on sail types and materials
Lorin Clarke For taking the time to reply to my enormous emails on how to ‘get attention’ 🙂

Tudor Rose For showing amazing patience and helping with advice and encouragement whenever I needed it.


This post is just a brief exercise on sketching some costs involved, based on some of the items I have in the Stuff I Need section, which is not even near complete. Prices are in ?Ǭ pounds, because the boat is currently docked in the UK, and because it makes things look ‘cheap’ (until you do the currency conversion, and realise back in to AUD you multiply it by 2.5!).

These prices are also all for *new* equipment. I should probably do another price column for secondhand. Much to be added and correctly sorted.

Item Rough Cost ?Ǭ
Dry bags / assortment 100-200
Tiny EPIRB 277
Pocket Mini-DV camera and or lots of DV tapes 250-500
My dry-dock fees paid for. They are really expensive & I need to keep paying them while the boat is stored. This is a priority. Till April, 2007 1300
Inshore 150N Automatic Lifejacket with harness 50
Fuel canisters ?
Either Motorola sat phone + Datakit + Aerial 1500
Iridium Airtime, 150mins 300
Or Inmarsat BGAN sat broadband 1600
250watt+ inverter 260
Windvane ?
Solar panels (12v) x 2 280
Solar regulator 40
Wind generator (12v) 500
Replace NAV lights with LEDS 50-100
SD Memory cards 40
I need my life raft serviced ?
I need my sails serviced ?
Backup mainsail 650
Storm jib 400
Flare kit 200
Radar alarm ?
300-500 Litres Diesel 230
Food, to 150 days 300-400
Cruising Membership 200
Vaccinations / Insurance 200-300
Cooking propane 100
Fixed Garmin 152 GPS (already own handheld) 130
General rigging fixup 400
Official Survey 300
Interior changes/parts 200
Books & Charts 200-400

…Not including the boat.

Oh dear. I’m too scared to add it up.